In it's relatively recent time here it has delighted critics and owners alike with it's great range of features, performance and adaptability. So why all the buzz about this new stereo preamp?
Because it’s a quantum leap in standard features, sound quality and price in a preamp that is sure to surpass your expectations. It’s the perfect product if you want a great two channel music system that integrates with your existing home theatre - without sacrificing sub-woofer functionality.
The P5 ensures that you can bridge the analogue and digital divide in these ever changing and mercurial multi-format days. On the digital platform - new technologies have changed the ways audiophiles connect to and enjoy their music. So, that's why Parasound included a high quality DAC in the P 5 to widen your software playback options. The P5 features a Burr-Brown PCM1798 DAC with USB, optical and coax inputs. The coax and optical accept all sampling rates up to 192 kHz, 24-bit, whilst the USB input accepts up to 96 kHz, 24-bit.
On the analogue stage, turntables are enjoying a resurgence, and again Parasound responded by including a genuinely great and adaptable phono stage to accommodate MM & MC cartridges with a choice of load impedances (phono input for MM & MC cartridges with 100 Ohm or 47k Ohm load setting).
The connectivity is in abundance with a plethora of analogue balanced and unbalanced inputs for a myriad of sources, these are mirrored with the P5 output accordingly meaning it can suited to a host of Parasound amplifiers for the best performance - or other good quality pairings also. The beautiful front panel hosts a dedicated 3.5mm auxiliary input, along with treble and bass controls to suit your system requirements - and even is paired off with a dedicated headphone connection as well.
Additionally, the P 5 has a sub-woofer channel with 2 output jacks for dynamic 2.1 listening and seamless integration with your home theatre surround sound system. The addition of a balanced XLR sub-woofer output and variable low frequency and high frequency crossovers makes the Halo P 5 an amazing bargain.
So the question is; when you know it has the distinction of Parasound quality and reliability, with all these great features - would you buy an ordinary preamp when you can own the Swiss Army Knife of pre-amps?
Parasound Halo P5 Two Channel Pre-Amplifier (with DAC) Features & Benefits
Burr-Brown PCM1798 DAC with USB, Optical and Coax inputs
Coax and optical accept all sampling rates up to 192 kHz, 24-bit
USB accepts up to 96 kHz, 24-bit
Incoming jitter on all three digital inputs is significally attenuated with an effective clock recovery system
Analog Bass management with high and low pass crossovers
Home theater bypass input for surround sound integration
Front panel subwoofer level control
5 RCA line level inputs
1 XLR balanced input (parallels Input 5 RCA jacks)
Phono input for MM & MC cartridges with 100 Ohm or 47k Ohm load
Front panel Aux input with automatic +12 dB gain stage
Balanced XLR and RCA left and right outputs
1 balanced XLR and 2 RCA subwoofer outputs
Bass & treble controls with defeat from remote or front panel
Headphone jack with 10 ohm output impedance
Rear panel IR input and IR loop output jacks
12 V output to trigger power amplifiers and other devices
Automatic turn on with 12 V trigger or AC power
Fixed level record output
Premium motor-driven Alps potentiometer volume control
Left/Right Balance control
Remote control with discrete on/off power buttons
0.5w standby power consumption meets Energy Star spec
Rack mounting adapter available (Model HRA 2 sold separately)
Frequency Response: 10 Hz - 100 kHz, +0/-3 dB
Total Harmonic Distortion: < 0.01 %
Crosstalk: > 70 dB at 20 kHz
300 mv: 1 Volt Out
Total Gain: 10 dB
Maximum Output: 7 Volts
Unbalanced: 24k Ohm
Balanced: 100k O per leg
Unbalanced: 100 Ohm
Balanced: 470 Ohm per leg
S/N Ratio - Line Inputs 1-5:
> 108 dB, input shorted, IHF A-weighted
> 88 dB, input shorted, unweighted
S/N Ratio - DAC Inputs:
> 108 dB, input shorted, IHF A-weighted
> 90 dB, input shorted, unweighted
S/N Ratio - Phono Inputs:
MM > 80 dB, input shorted, IHF A-weighted
MM > 70 dB, input shorted, unweighted
MC > 67 dB, input shorted, IHF A-weighted
MC > 55 dB, input shorted, unweighted
Hi/Low pass crossover slope: 12dB / Oct
DC Trigger Requirements: +9 Vdc to +12 Vdc, 2 mA
XLR Pin Identification
1 = Ground (Shield)
2 = Positive
3 = Negative (Return)
Width: 17-1/4” (437 mm)
Depth: 13-3/4” (350 mm)
Height, with feet: 4-1/8” (105 mm)
Height, without feet: 3-1/2” (89 mm)
Net Weight: 14 lb. (6.3 kg)
Shipping Weight: 21 lb. (9.5 kg)
Standby: 0.5 Watts
Power On: 20 Watts
100-250 Volts, 50-60 Hz (Automatic)
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